TO BE THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER PREMIER BOUTIQUE CLUB IN MUMBAI WHILE CONSTANTLY EXCEEDIN THE EXPECTATIONS OF MEMBERS
ENDEAVOUR TO CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE THE EXISTING FACILITIES AUGMENTED WITH RECREATION, SWIMMING POOL AND FITNESS AMENITIES SO AS TO PROVIDE MEMBERS RELAXATION FOR MIND, BODY AND SOUL
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Gentlemen : Business & Casual
(Short & Chappals not allowed in closed areas and afer 7.30p.m. In open areas Hawai chappals are banned at all times)
Ladies : Casuals11
Affiliated club members permitted to entertain thier guests maximum 4 Nos. at a time in the club A persone is allowed to visit the club only 4 times a month and 13 time in a year as guest.
Name & Address Tel.Nos
Central Provinces Club Nagpur Ltd
Maharashtra (Civil lines, Nagpur - 440 001)
0712 - 2540341/ 342,
344/ 2 531316
Fax: 0712 - 2540344
Jodhpur Gymkhana - Rajastan
Rajastan (Shikargarh, Jodhpur - 342011)
0291 - 2511390/2511489
09414149526 / 09799807728
Old Public Park, Near Gaushala Ground, Jodhpur - 342006 (Rajastan)
0291 -2619999 / 2629999
Fax: 091 - 291-2512024
Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi - 110 029
Rajastan (Jethwai Road, Jaisalmer - 345001)
02992 - 255555/ 254999/
Fax : 0291 - 2435349
Royal Connaught Boat Club - Pune
7/8, Boat Club Road, Pune - 411001
Fax: 020 - 26163511
Calcutta Rowing Club
15 Rabindra Sarobar, Kolkata - 700 029
Emerald Garden Club Ltd
712/1, Rampura Road, Jaisinghpura, opp.Ajmer Road, Jaipur - 302026
0141 - 2974340 / 42
Fax: 0141 - 2974344
The Corinthians Club
Nyati County, NIBM Annexe, Mohamadwani, PUNE- Maharashtra - 411060
BOMBAY COMMERCIAL GYMKHANA C.B. ROBINSON 1909-1910 H.S. HYDE 1928-1929 A. HILL TREVOR 1910-1911 STANLEY WALKER 1929-1930 C.B. ROBINSON 1911-1917 H.S. HYDE 1930-1931 G.W. CLARIDGE 1917-1918 G.DATTE 1931-1932 H. GREGORYHYDE 1918-1919 G.W. WARDLE 1931-1932 F. GOSNEY 1919-1922 F.W C0LLETT 1932-1933 J.W. LINF0RD 1922-1925 I B O ARDMAN 1933-1934 F. GOSNEY 1925-1927 STANLEY WALKER 1934-1935 H.S. HYDE 1927-1928 THE WODEHOUSE GYMKHANA STANLEY WALKER 1935-1937 R.OWEN (ACTING) 1953-1954 H.HARLAND 1937-1939 F.SMITH 1954-1955 W.J. WELLS 1939- H.R. HILL 1955-1956 W.R.O’BRIEN 1940- J.R BELL 1956- P.M. BARTON 1941-1943 H.R. HILL 1956-1957 H.D.ROBERTON 1943-1945 W.G.WILSON 1957-1958 W.G.WARD 1945-1946 F.E.J.EDWAR 1958-1959 J.W. PALMER 1946-1947 H.J.DANIEL 1959-1960 F.E GOODWIN 1947-1948 F.F. GAREH 1960-1961 W.R. ELÐRIDGE 1948-1949 H.Mc CARTHY 1961-1963 F.E. GOODWIN 1949-1950 J. MIDDLETON 1963-1965 D.G.SMOLLETT 1950-1952 CAPT. SAM AGA 1965-1977 J. HEPWORTH 1952-1953 K.G. JAGTIANI 1977-1981 H. PADGETT (ACTING) 1952-1953 DARA R. ZAIWALLA 1981-2003 W.G.WILSON 1953-1954 CHAIN T. KHUBCHANDANI 2003-2011 FREDDY GINWALLA 2011-2014
Managing Committee 2016 - 2017
ENTERTAINMENT, SWIMMING POOL
CLUB UPGRADATION, CARD ROOM
TENNIS, TABLE TENNIS, BILLIARDS
HOUSE KEEPING & PR
INDERBIR SINGH BEDI
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Contact UsContact Person :C.Surendran - General Manager
Address :182, Maharshi Karve Road, Mumbai - 400 021.
Location :Located In Business Area - Churchgate Reclamation
Distance From Airport : 30km from Sahar International & 25km from Domestic
Distance From Railway Station : 2.5km from CST & 1km from churchgate
Welcome To Wodehouse
At the turn of the 20th century, the British Raj was in its heyday. The British were one of the greatest promoters of socialbility. As soon as a young officer or bureaucrat landed in “ our station in Bombay”, he was swamped with invitations from the colonel, or more importantly, the colonel’s wife. There were balls and barra khanas, riding, races, cricket. And, as always, tea in the verandah and brandy-pawney at sundown.
That Inevitably led to the birth of a number of clubs with a hierarchy of their own.There were different clubs for different categories of people and this was understood rather than overtly stated.
Incidentally, the first known use of the word’ gymkhana’ is said to have been around 1877. It was probably a modification of the Hindi’ gedkhana’ and Urdu’ gendkhana’ (literally, ball court), In a lighter vein, people say that after a session at the gym you are ready for great’ khana’(food).
Wodehouse Gymkhana was started in 1909 as Bombay Commercial Gymkhana. In 1935, the name was changed to Wodehouse Gymkhana, after Sir Philips Wodehouse, who was Governer of Bombay from 1872-75. There is said to be a connection between this Wodehouse and his more famous namesake PG Wodehouse, who has a great fan following in India.
Wodehouse Gymkhana stands on Wodehouse Road (now re-named Nathalal Parekh Marg after Subhas Chandra Bose’s treasurer).
Like other gymkhanas in the city, Wodehouse Gymkhana was strictly a white man’s club. Indians were not allowed in, even as guests. It as began to change after Independence when a few Indian names started appearing among the guests. The first Indian President was the hugely popular Sam Aga, still remembered for his camaraderie. He would look out of the window of the billiards room at the long verandah, still unchanged from those days, and challenged members to a game. The loser has to pay a penalty of 50 paise.
Wodehouse Gymkhana is not without its share of gossip and scandals. The names of lady guests were never entered in the register. The reason: discretion. They happened to be mistresses whom members could entertain without fear of being found out.
The decision to open membership to Indians was controversial. A resolution was passed to wind up the gymkhana rather than admit Indians (with strong pressure from a now-independent India to admit Indians in the Gymkhana). Furniture was sold. In typical British style, a last hurrah was planned at khandala. Fortunately, Sam Aga and George Jagtiani, an early Indian member, were able to step in and Wodehouse Gymkhana went on to live another day.
Situated at it was on prime land in South Bombay, Wodehouse Gymkhana had to deal with problems over its property. While the committee members were discussing what to do about the latest debacle, one member’s eye fell on a man sitting in a chair on the lawn, calmly reading his paper. “He’s a lawyer, let’s get him to join the committee,” he said, and so, in a spate of a few minutes, Dara Zaiwalla joined the committee. Similarly, other members joined the committee in a few minutes (Today, it might take many anxious months). Dara’s expertise was very helpful when the Gymkhana undertook renovation of the premises. Dara Zaiwalla was the longest serving President of the Gymkhana and continues as President Emeritus. Ask members or even guests and the first thing they will say about Wodehouse Gymkhana is that it is “homely”. Everyone knows everyone. It’s one big happy family where you never feel alone or isolated.
Delicious food is a Wodehouse Gymkhana hallmark and has been over the years. On one occasion the chef was absent, a catastrophe was averted by getting the mali to taken over (he has been the chef’s help). The appetizing dishes he produced got him an instant promotion.
For more than a century, Wodehouse Gymkhana has been an eyewitness to history and to life and times of the city. When it was shutting down, Bombay Club (which later became the Intercontinental Hotel) gave Wodehouse Gymkhana an antiue banuette of four chairs, thoughtfully designed with slots for whisky glasses. It has been with Wodehouse gymkhana ever since, a part of history, with its own tale to tell.
Does Wodehouse Gymkhana have lingering memories? What about the generations that have grown around it? After another hundred years, will it have a new story to tell? Wodehouse Gymkhana harbors some delightful secrets…